Summer’s Killing Us: Summer Reading List

It’s just read, read, read all day.

What’s on your summer reading list? For fun or for learning, what do you plan to read? Here’s mine:

Finish Mindstorms, Seymour Papert

#EdTechRations, David Hopkins

We Make the Road By Walking, Myles Horton and Paulo Friere

The Revenge of The Monsters of Educational Technology and anything Audrey Watters

Blogs or any writing from Alan Levine, Maha Bali, Amy Collier, Jim Groom, Adam Croom, Martin Weller, Gardner Campbell and on and on!

I also hope to read a bunch of blogs from Fleming faculty about what they’re thinking of doing this fall in their teaching. You can see some on the RSS feed sidebar on this page

By the way, Summer’s Killing Us is a song from that other Tragically Hip. The second one. The one we all thought wasn’t as good. The one I think I realize now is better than the first. They didn’t give us more of the same. They kept changing. Kept not being what we thought of them. I’m happy to realize it now because now I have all this great stuff to re-discover. It’s going to do me like the dishes.

A Band Without

Daily Create #1990 Inspired by Men Without Hats. What else could be without and still be a band?

I guess I didn’t quite do it right. Instead of what something is without, this band isn’t even. This band is not the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Not even at all. This band is just regular red peppers. Chili peppers are too spicy for them. If they are feeling crazy, they will maybe pick up some medium salsa on the way home.

Also, RNCP has 100% less funk than RHCP. Just listen to their late 90s return to form album North Dakotication.


WordPress Set Up: Instructions and Instructions for the Instructions

Fleming College SUNY Creativity Trainees 2017 (and BYODers, and Mobile Summiteers, and Advancing Learningers!) are getting together to make their own WordPress domains in which to grow forth together as innovative and creative educators. Good on ya!

So why am I sharing these instructions on my own personal domain? One reason is for you to see one of the WordPress sites you are about to make in action. Another reason is that I want you to know my domain and I want to know yours so we will be familiar with each other’s as we begin to connect and share our ideas and plans.

Here’s a quick intro video to WordPress. All I had to do to embed the video in this page was to paste the link to the YouTube into the editing area and it embeds itself. It’s super slick.

Below we have provided a set of instructions for getting set up in WordPress.

These instructions, however, were created for COMM 201 students, not SUNY Fleming Creativity Thingy Trainees et al. That means, we also have instructions for the instructions! In other words, amendments. Amendments are great. People are always talking about them in movies and stuff.

So, without further ado, here is a link to the PowerPoint instructions that George Fogarasi created for the COMM 201 students. Click the link to download it and either view them in PowerPoint or print them off for your reference: WordPress Instructions 2017

Once you have those ready, also be ready to tinker a little bit with them through these amendments:

Instructions for the instructions:

These are amendments to the COMM 201 PowerPoint for our needs. You can print these, too: Instructions for the instructions

1st amendment– to slide 2 of the PowerPoint: You will not be graded, only judged… positively!

2nd amendment– to slide 5: Ignore ‘do NOT pick another theme’ PICK WHATEVER THEME YOU WANT

3rd amendment– to slide 6: Instead of ‘pick a FAKE name’, Pick an AWESOME name.

4th amendment– to slide 13: Instead of ‘This I Believe’, make the page ‘About This Space’

5th amendment– to slide 17-24: Instead of adding pages called ‘profile and reflection’, DON’T DO THIS PART AT ALL! INSTEAD, ADD A POST (NOT A PAGE) CALLED “SUNY PLANS” OR “SUNY REFLECTIONS” OR “SOMETHING LIKE THAT” and then go ahead and write that post in which you describe a bit about what you’ve learned and what your initial plans are for using it in your teaching.

6th amendment– to slide 30: Menu items won’t be the same. make a menu item for ‘About This Space’ and a category menu item for ‘SUNY’ or ‘Reflections’. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with this.

Questions to know the answers to:

  • What’s the difference between a post and a page?
  • What’s the difference between the types of menu items?
  • Have I sent the URL to
  • Is my menu looking goooooooood?
  • Do I know how to create a post? Find pictures that I can use? Add those pictures? Add links?
  • Did I just generally play around with adding, editing and formatting things in my posts?
  • Did I try to embed a YouTube video, just by pasting the URL into my WordPress editor?
  • Do I know how to get URLs for posts/pages to tweet them out/share them?
  • Have I ‘tagged’ my posts with HASHTAG_TBD?
  • Did I know how to Tweet out my post URL with HASHTAG_TBD?

What’s the hashtag? Let’s find out!

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